Local History

(Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: Navigating the friendly skies

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature between the Times and the Trail Museum and Archives

(Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)
(Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: The great flood of ‘48

Trail Blazers is a weekly series in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

(Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)
(Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: The tradition of Little League baseball

Trail Blazers is a weekly series in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

(Trail Historical Society)
(From left) Colombo Lodge executives Mario Antak, Roland Perri, and John Lattanzio took the Trail Times on a tour of renovations now underway both outside and indoors, minding social distancing protocols. (Sheri Regnier photo)

Pandemic poses perfect time for makeover of historic Trail landmark

The Colombo Lodge has had many updates to the exterior and interior since it first opened in 1927

(From left) Colombo Lodge executives Mario Antak, Roland Perri, and John Lattanzio took the Trail Times on a tour of renovations now underway both outside and indoors, minding social distancing protocols. (Sheri Regnier photo)
The official opening of Trail’s first bridge was May 24, 1912. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: Honouring a stalwart structure

The Old Trail Bridge officially opened 108 years ago

The official opening of Trail’s first bridge was May 24, 1912. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)
The former Odeon Theatre, now the Royal Theatre, in the late 1940s. (Trail Historical Society photo 12644 courtesy the Trail Museum and Archives)

Trail Blazers: The quintessential moviehouse

The Royal Theatre started as the Rialto Theatre way back in 1927

The former Odeon Theatre, now the Royal Theatre, in the late 1940s. (Trail Historical Society photo 12644 courtesy the Trail Museum and Archives)
Silver City Days 1987. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Trail Blazers

Weekly feature looking at City of Trail history through photos from the archives

Silver City Days 1987. (Trail Historical Society photo)
(Photo contributed by Wally Golberg)

Lest We Forget

Thousands of Trail residents gathered at Butler Park on May 8, 1945

  • May 7, 2020
(Photo contributed by Wally Golberg)
In this edition of Trail Blazers, the Times looks at what is inarguably one of the most defining features of the city, the Trail Gulch. This photo, circa the late 1920s, is of the Venetian Grocery. This store was later known as Tonelli’s Grocery, a dry goods, boots and shoe store on Rossland Avenue. The owner, Leonardo Tonelli, is standing to the left in an apron, his wife Vincenza is in the next doorway, and one of their sons, Joe, is sitting in the truck. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers

This week’s feature looks at the Gulch and where the historical photos come from

In this edition of Trail Blazers, the Times looks at what is inarguably one of the most defining features of the city, the Trail Gulch. This photo, circa the late 1920s, is of the Venetian Grocery. This store was later known as Tonelli’s Grocery, a dry goods, boots and shoe store on Rossland Avenue. The owner, Leonardo Tonelli, is standing to the left in an apron, his wife Vincenza is in the next doorway, and one of their sons, Joe, is sitting in the truck. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)
Oak pews in St. Andrew’s United Church are for sale. (Submitted photo)

Take a pew and cherish a piece of Rossland history

The wooden benches will be replaced with stack-able chairs

Oak pews in St. Andrew’s United Church are for sale. (Submitted photo)
From left to right: Miss M. Sutherland, Miss Norton, Miss D. Christopherson, and Miss Davidson. (Trail Museum and Archives Photo 0599)

Trail Blazers

The Trail Times and Trail Museum and Archives are working on a weekly historic feature

  • Apr 28, 2020
From left to right: Miss M. Sutherland, Miss Norton, Miss D. Christopherson, and Miss Davidson. (Trail Museum and Archives Photo 0599)
The earliest frontline healthcare workers in Trail. From left to right: Dr. Thom, Nurse Struthers, Dr. Coghlin, Nurse Teen Thom, and an unidentified nurse. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society collection/Trail Museum and Archives)

Trail Blazers

The Trail Times is starting a new historical feature for our Thursday editions

  • Apr 23, 2020
The earliest frontline healthcare workers in Trail. From left to right: Dr. Thom, Nurse Struthers, Dr. Coghlin, Nurse Teen Thom, and an unidentified nurse. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society collection/Trail Museum and Archives)
(Photo from the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre collection digitized courtesy of the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History)

Caterpillar colony

April 22 is Earth Day …

  • Apr 16, 2020
(Photo from the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre collection digitized courtesy of the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History)
In the early days of construction the highway was built by hand. (Photo is courtesy the Beaver Valley and Pend d’Oreille Historical Society)

Blasting through the West Kootenay

80 years ago; ‘Pretty near all the people from Fruitvale were working on it’

In the early days of construction the highway was built by hand. (Photo is courtesy the Beaver Valley and Pend d’Oreille Historical Society)
In the early days of construction the highway was built by hand. (Photo is courtesy the Beaver Valley and Pend d’Oreille Historical Society)

Blasting through to the Beaver Valley

80 years ago; ‘Pretty near all the people from Fruitvale were working on it’

In the early days of construction the highway was built by hand. (Photo is courtesy the Beaver Valley and Pend d’Oreille Historical Society)
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Cominco, West Kootenay Power, perpetuated in place names

Place Names: Consolidated Mining and Smelting (CM&S) became Cominco, then Teck-Cominco, then Teck

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The SS Kootenay is seen at Arrowhead, ca. 1905-10. It was one of at least three ships to be named Kootenay. Greg Nesteroff collection

Kootenay, the post offices and ships

Place Names: CPR sternwheeler and two navy destroyers took the name Kootenay

The SS Kootenay is seen at Arrowhead, ca. 1905-10. It was one of at least three ships to be named Kootenay. Greg Nesteroff collection
The Kootenay Hotel in Atlin was in business from 1899 to 1968, although it burned down three times.

Trading on Kootenay’s good name

Kootenay has been used to sell everything from stoves to washboards to cigars — even a patent medicine

The Kootenay Hotel in Atlin was in business from 1899 to 1968, although it burned down three times.
The Yaqan Nukiy are one of the six bands of the Ktunaxa Nation. According to the Creston Museum, this photo was taken in 1917. The man in the white shirt on the right is Louis Pascale and behind him, leaning forward is Chief Alexander.

No, Kootenay doesn’t mean ‘water people’

Place Names: Ethnographers have expended much effort seeing the roots of Kootenay and/or Ktunaxa

The Yaqan Nukiy are one of the six bands of the Ktunaxa Nation. According to the Creston Museum, this photo was taken in 1917. The man in the white shirt on the right is Louis Pascale and behind him, leaning forward is Chief Alexander.
34 ways to spell Kootenay (or is it Kootenai?)

34 ways to spell Kootenay (or is it Kootenai?)

Place Names: No consensus existed in the 19th century on how to write the name of our region

34 ways to spell Kootenay (or is it Kootenai?)